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who was killed by a sheriff's deputy has filed a claim against the county. 13-year-old andy lopez was shot seven times while carrying a pellet gun. police say they mistook this gun for a high-powered assault rifle. hundreds of students and others took to the streets of santa rosa earlier this week to protest the death of this popular eighth gradary. ma rowa teresa kumar is an msnbc contributor. this incident has caused a lot of outrage. there have been rallies, demonstrations, people holding up signs saying andy lopez did not have to die. also jail all racist killer cops. very strong language here. explain what we know about the facts of all this and how this case has now galvanized the community. >> good morning, thomas. thanks for doing this segment. this is something that's actually quite personal because i grew up in santa rosa in the community. sadly this is the third incident in less than eight years by a shooting of a teen victim by a police officer. and what we're seeing right now is the fact that you have young people, middle schoolers and high schoolers galvanizing, prot
, best known for his work on police misconduct cases including the b.a.r.t. case with oscar grant. andy lopez, there was a huge outcry over the weekend and continues today. sonoma county sheriff says he welcomes the fbi investigation in addition to a separate joint investigation by the santa rosa police department. what would you like to see happen here? >> i think they want to find out what the real facts are. you have a kid walking and wasn't causing any particular harm. there had not been reports of police misconduct of some kind. how was he approached? how did the police approach him? did they give him an opportunity to put the weapon down, whatever it was? why did they shoot as many times as they did. i would like to know if the kid was shot in the back at all. it sounds like he turned around. very difficult to believe a young man would point a gun, a toy gun like that at a police officer. that is not to say the police could not have a reasonable good faith belief that the weapon was a real gun given the size and have a right to respond to that. what you want to do is examine me an
sonoma county. andy lopez was shot several times last week while carrying a pellet gun. deputies mistook it for an assault rifle. fernando chavez is an attorney. thank you for being with us today. the deputies at the scene later said that, quote, as the subject was turning toward him, the barrel of what he thought was the assault rifle was rising up and turning in his direction. and that the deputy feared for his safety. does the family have a strong case here? >> well, it depends on the facts. as i understand, some of the witnesses now are saying that the officer did not identify themselves as police officers. if you take a look at the situation and assume the young man was walking away from them as he was and someone says, drop your gun, you're turning to look to see who it is, not necessarily turning with the intent to aim the weapon. and the fact of the matter is that the kid knew it was a play gun and it wasn't a real weapon. so i think that's a concern. one of the other issues, too, is the amount of time that transpired between the initial call that there was someone with a potenti
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